I have a question about my sentence...
In the sentence, "Does the federal government have a right to regulate what we can eat?", would "have" or "has" be grammadically correct? I do understand 'federal government' is singular, but "has" just doesn't sound right.
Please help me.
From these arguments, the question emerges; does the federal government have a right to regulate what we, as Americans, can eat?
The reason you use have is because you used an interrogative sentence:
"Does the government have...?"
If you used an affirmative sentence you would indeed use has:
"The government has..."
Have is reflexive of the verb "does" not the subject "government".
Similarly, you will do this with all singular subjects when forming an interrogative sentence:
"Does the boy have...?" (not has)
"The boy has..."
"Does Wal-mart have...?" (not has)
And so on.
Hope this helps.
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